The Rundown for Feb. 22, 2019

NEW ELECTION IN NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL RACE… North Carolina’s elections board unanimously ordered a new election yesterday to decide the 9th Congressional District race. The move came after Republican candidate Mark Harris conceded that his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives on his payroll. Harris dropped his bid to be declared the winner and instead called for the new election after a fourth day of hearings in which investigators and witnesses detailed evidence of ballot fraud.

ROGER STONE SLAPPED WITH GAG ORDER… Long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone yesterday was slapped with a strict gag order that bars him from public comment on his Russian-collusion case. Stone was facing potential jail time after posting on social media a photo of gun crosshairs over the judge in the case. Stone told Judge Amy Berman Jackson that he thought the crosshairs actually depicted a Celtic cross.

MANAFORT SENTENCING DATES… President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, will be sentenced for bank and tax fraud on March 8, according to a court filing posted yesterday. The 69-year-old Manafort could get a life sentence for charges stemming from his work as an international political consultant and lobbyist. A jury found him guilty of trying to hide millions of dollars he earned as a consultant for pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine, and lying to banks to secure loans to fund his lavish lifestyle after that income dried up. Manafort is also due to be sentenced on March 13 in a parallel federal case that ended with his guilty plea last year to conspiracy against the U.S. for conduct that ranged from money laundering to unregistered lobbying and admitted to witness tampering as well.

JUDGE RULES ACOSTA BROKE THE LAW IN SEX-TRAFFICKING CASE… A federal judge ruled yesterday that President Trump’s Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, broke the law as a federal prosecutor in Miami by giving a secret non-prosecution agreement to convicted serial child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and agreeing with the defense team to keep it secret from the victims. The agreement with Epstein was concealed from more than 30 of his underage victims. U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra declared in a 33-page opinion that evidence revealed Epstein had been operating an international sex operation in which he and others recruited underage girls internationally in violation of federal sex-trafficking laws. Instead of prosecuting Epstein, Acosta helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Epstein quietly pled guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and served just 13 months in the county jail.

WHITE SUPREMACIST GANG MEMBERS INDICTED… A federal indictment unsealed in Tulsa reveals that 18 members of a white supremacist prison gang have been charged with racketeering, drug conspiracy and kidnapping that resulted in at least six homicides during the past 14 years. The charges were filed against members of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood, which is characterized as a violent “whites only” gang based primarily in Oklahoma state prisons. The indictment comes after similar charges were filed last week against 54 alleged members of the New Aryan Empire, a white supremacist gang in western Arkansas. The two groups are not related, prosecutors say.

ENTERTAINMENT
JUSSIE SMOLLETT ARRESTED… Actor Jussie Smollett was arrested and taken into custody yesterday after allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was attacked by two men in Chicago last month. Authorities say the fake attack was actually a publicity stunt to “promote his career.” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the attack was “orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary.” The judge at yesterday’s arraignment in Cook County Criminal Court reportedly set the actor’s bond at $100,000 and ordered him to surrender his passport.

PETER TORK DIES… Peter Tork, who was the bassist and singer for the 1960s’ made-for-television band The Monkees, died yesterday of an undisclosed cause. He was 77. Tork continued to play with the group through its more recent reunion tours. He took time of from the band only to battle cancer in 2009 but made a full recovery.

IN THEATERS… In “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Hiccup seeks a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. The animated sequel is rated PG. “Fighting with My Family” stars Dwayne Johnson and Lena Headey in the story about a former wrestler and his family who make a living performing at small venues around the country. The comedy is rated PG-13.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CLEVELAND 111 – Phoenix 98… The Cavaliers opened the NBA’s second half by handing the Suns their franchise-record 16th straight loss. Cedi Osman scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Kevin Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ante Zizic finished with 15 points and 12 boards.

Portland 113 – BROOKLYN 99… The Trail Blazers took control in the third quarter and held off the Nets. Jusuf Nurkic scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. CJ McCollum added 21 points.

PHILADELPHIA 106 – Miami 102… The 76ers were too much down the stretch in beating the Heat despite playing without the injured Joel Embiid. All five starters scored in double figures led by Tobias Harris’ 23 points. Ben Simmons tossed in 21 points.

MILWAUKEE 98 – Boston 97… Kris Middleton made a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds remaining and held on to edge the Celtics. Middleton finished with 15 points and 13 boards. Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 30 points and also pulled down 13 rebounds.

GOLDEN STATE 125 – Sacramento 123… The Warriors knocked down 19 3-pointers in fighting off the Kings. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points. Kevin Durant added 28 points. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 17 points and 10 boards.

L.A. LAKERS 111 – Houston 106… The Lakers overcame an early double-digit deficit to upend the Rockets. LeBron James scored 29 points and gathered 11 rebounds. Brandon Ingram had 27 points and 13 boards. James Harden’s 30 points weren’t enough for Houston.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts New Orleans…
Chicago is at Orlando…
Toronto hosts San Antonio…
Detroit is at Atlanta…
New York hosts Minnesota…
the L.A. Clippers are at Memphis…
Dallas hosts Denver…
Utah is at Oklahoma City

NHL SCORES
Carolina 4 – FLORIDA 3… Justin Williams’ second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and sent the Hurricanes past the Panthers. Williams also had an assist. Nino Niederreiter added a goal and an assist. Teuvo Teravainen set up two goals.

Washington 3 – TORONTO 2… The Capitals edged the Maple Leafs on a milestone night for Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 650th career goal. Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist. Goalie Braden Holtby made 40 saves.

Minnesota 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… The Wild skated past the Rangers to end their five-game skid. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist. Newly acquired Ryan Donato assisted on two goals.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Ottawa 0… Cory Schneider stopped all 30 shots at goal and the Devils blanked a short-handed Senators team. Miles Wood had a goal and an assist. Will Butcher assisted on two goals.

San Jose 4 – PITTSBURGH 0… Goalie Martin Jones made 26 saves in his 21st career shutout and the Sharks topped the Penguins. Tomas Hertl scored two of San Jose’s three first-period goals. The game featured a dust-up that resulted in 10-minute misconducts for the Sharks’ Michael Haley and Brenden Dillon, along with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Marcus Pettersson.

MONTREAL 5 – Philadelphia 1… Brendan Gallagher notched his first career hat trick in leading the Canadiens past the Flyers. Goalie Carey Price stopped 29 shots.

TAMPA BAY 2 – Buffalo 1 (SO)… Nikita Kucherov reached 100 points with his 30th goal of the season and scored in the shootout as the Lightning outlasted the Sabres. Steven Stamkos also scored in the tie-breaker. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves at goal.

NASHVILLE 2 – Los Angeles 1… The Predators held off the Kings for their third win in our games and moved back atop the Central Division. Roman Josi had a goal and an assist. Kyle Turris also found the net for Nashville.

DALLAS 5 – St. Louis 2… Jamie Benn found the net twice as the Stars won for the first time in four games and ended the Blues’ 11-game winning streak. Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa each had a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)… The Oilers rallied to get past the Islanders after blowing an early two-goal lead. Oscar Klefbom scored a tying goal with 2:52 left in regulation and Connor McDavid added the game-winner at 1:22 of overtime. McDavid also assisted on Leon Draisaitl’s first-period goal.

Arizona 3 – VANCOUVER 2 (OT)… Alex Galchenyuk’s goal at 1:54 of overtime carried the Coyotes past the Canucks. Galchenyuk also set up Jakob Chychrum’s third-period goal. Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Nashville…
Colorado is at Chicago…
Calgary hosts Anaheim…
Winnipeg is at Vegas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 GONZAGA 92, Pepperdine 64…
#7 Michigan 69, MINNESOTA 60

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